Txikito

4.6
573 reviews
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Basque
Acclaimed Basque restaurant from chef Alex Raij and Eder Montero located in Chelsea. Txikito is a love letter to the Basque region, serving authentic small plates, whole fish and crispy suckling pig.

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7.4

Txikito has been doing solid business in Chelsea for several years, serving Basque-style tapas to people who are mostly on dates. How much you'll like it probably depends on how much you're looking to spend.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
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D
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Every tapa was tasty and well presented. Lamb was great

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Fast service. Enjoyed the ambiance.

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DB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the food was inventive and very well prepared. We had a guest from Paris and he loved it!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was exceptionally prepared- and the service was great, our server really understood the menu

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BC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb, and the waiting staff had lots of patience with our kids.

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YV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Accidental find! Food is amazing! A very cute place, great service and did i say food was amazing?

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JT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our first visit was overall a good experience. Friendly efficient server who was very knowledgable about the menu. Pretty much all of the dishes were tasty, especially the sauce that came with the garlic lamb. Nice casual flow and ambience. A bit overpriced for small plates but worth another try.

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BO
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a foodie's paradise. I love Basque food, and this place prides itself on the food.

While I love the place, I asked which dishes are good for sharing and the waitress told me all of them. That is not true. We had a very hard time cutting up the special of toast with marrowbone and tuna. But they are all delicious none the less. We found the place looking for the bone-in ribeye we had at Bar Nestor in San Sebastian so which they had that on the menu every night.

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S
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We absolutely love this place! The food is so consistently outstanding...can't wait to go back!!!!

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EV
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Unfriendly waitress, overpriced food and bland flavors.

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M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent, tasty and varied tapas. Pleasant service. Noisy, but at least we were in a corner.

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CS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting, unusual small plates. Great service. Wonderful ambience

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AL
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of our all-time favorite restaurants in NYC. The food is outstanding. One dish is better than the next. Everything is perfectly cooked and seasoned. Could sit there for hours and order everything on the menu--which I actually did one night last summer... OK, not EVERYTHING on the menu, but we ended up ordering many, many dishes based on how delicious it all was. Can't recommend this place highly enough.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible. Really different from any spanish food I’ve ever had. Will definitely go back!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, Basque-inspired food . Friendly service.

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WT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An unexpected delight! The food was terrific, the service team was terrific too- very engaged, welcoming and helpful. We will be back.

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MV
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was nice, but the space is poor. Especialiy the walls reflect all noise in the tine spaces, so if you sit next to a group who choose to have fun with loud laughing, you can not hear a single word you try share at your own table. Either make those space bigger and lay carpets, or ask customers to adapt their behaviour.
Menno (Holland)

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J
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Alex Raij is consistent and keeps the menu delicious, innovative and interesting through the years. I love her Squid Ribbons and Octopus Carpaccio ( unfortunately the Carpaccio was 86)
The squid ribbons still are so delicious and never enough, you have to order 2. Also, the special Beach Tongue Clams and Poached egg, wild mushrooms and cauliflower dishes were very satisfying and delicious! I want to order all the seafood dishes and the Suckling pig and Foie were on point. See you soon!

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for wonderful Basque food. Probably no other restaurant in the City that serves Basque recipes can compete on quality, creativity or price. Service fantastic as well.

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MF
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's an interesting menu that might turn off some less adventurous eaters at first look, however when the food arrives it's approachable and very well executed.

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PJ
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Great selection of tapas. Excellent service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was as always delicious and the service was kind and attentive.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. The whole turbot (filleted at the table) and the octopus carpaccio were highlights. Tables are a tight fit, but the ambience is good. The waiters were very friendly and gave helpful suggestions for the number of plates to order.

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RC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Read about this place from a couple of write-ups on line where it was touted consistently as one of the best in Chelsea. So on that reco, I took friends from Baltimore to sample it out (my first, too). Boy, was I disappointed. Very disappointed! Food was okay - nothing to rave about - but what was annoying was the service. We had this waiter Dwight (not sure, if that was his name...) who did not offer us bread, took forever to serve every tapa plate...it was an agonizing wait for every tiny, measly plate... it definitely killed my appetite. We decided to go for dessert some place else. Thank, goodness. It saved our night. Lesson - I will definitely check for myself a well reviewed place before taking friends there.

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LL
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

After making a spectacular culinary journey to Spanish Basque Country last spring, including an overnight at the esteemed Alkelare, I came here with much pent up expectation. It didn’t disappoint!
The baked cauliflower, forager’s mushrooms & sous-vide egg nicely kicked off the evening.
The Desnudos, surf & turf gniocchis so to speak, was really delightful. The marriage of Ibérico ham and shrimp was a success. The squid ink and porcini pil pil sauce complimented the “ñoquis” so well that I almost licked the plate clean.
The 6-week old roasted suckling pig was close to perfection in my opinion-balanced fat to lean ratio, super thin crispy skin & melting flesh so creamy surpassing anything I had in Saint Sebastian or renown NYC venues. The cut we were served was flawless as it really showed how young the suckling pig was.
Unlike most others, the lamb shank here came with a crispy finish contrasting the super juicy & tender inside texture. And what’s amazing was that it had no hint of gaminess that I am averse to. I need to find out where it’s sourced from.
As a habit I normally skip dessert course but I went ahead anyway this time banking on the success of everything else. As it turned out, the Tonka bean cream was heavy and the poached pear was dry & flavorless. Well, I should have sticked to the server’s suggestions or my usual routine.
A pet peeve of mine, I hate wobbly tables. I wished the server was more enthusiastic about fixing it.

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CC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was good, but not up to level of the owners other restaurant across the street El Quinto Pino. Also something about the interior is not nearly as charming. Lastly, prices on the non-tapas blackboard menu special entree main items are too high for the quantity of food. My server was excellent, friendly and knowledgeable however and leaves a good memory of the spot!

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SK
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Rather disappointing — certainly in comparison to its sister restaurant La Vara.

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A
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The petitions used to create small areas for eating helped a great deal to defuse the noise level as the restaurant filled up. The service was good and attentive. My friends and I enjoyed the larger entree dishes we chose to share. Less impressed with the smaller starter plates. Overall we enjoyed the meal...and it was great to try what was a new venue for us!

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N
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service , very traditional Catalonian tapas , inventive menu and great presentations . Price point is slightly higher than I think it should be , but the quality of the food and service keeps the place lively .

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H
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal and service!

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OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing. Not typical tapas. Each dish was an exciting surprise. Highly recommend.

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JF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific shared meal with friends. Great atmosphere and excellent service.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great service. Very comfortable.

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XE
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very knowledgeable server, excellent food intended for sharing. A really good date place.

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RA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

an expensive waste of time, we had 6 plates and still came away hungry,
ambience and service were fine but, do not waster your time, find another
tapas place. a definite place to stay away from if you are looking for a nice
dinner.

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D
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was better than the last. Been living in NYC for 16 years and this is one of the best restaurants we’ve been to. Truly exceptional

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W
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Superb food, warm, attentive and knowledgeable service, great wine selection and cocktails...what more could one want?!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always interesting and well done.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was really good, it’s just the food was new for us, and very bitter and dry (as in dry wine, not moisture dry) We may go again, but it won’t be a regular spot. I think if you know and like Basque food, this would be a great spot. It was new for us.

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D
New York Area
145 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here is always fantastic. Only problem: this evening there seemed to be a children's party in the side room. I didn't know that children were into tapas. Too much noise and too much running around by the kiddies ruined an otherwise excellent meal.

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